The Raccoon Run

A raccoon may seem lost as he zig zags his way through the brush. From an onlookers view, it may seem erratic and appear to have no pattern. To him, his path makes perfect sense.  I had the privilege of watching such a real, unscripted, rare moment Saturday from the high deck of the outlying trails of First Landing. It is not common to see this during the day but apparently having a raccoon come across your path has powerful meaning. It had me researching raccoons and their daylight activity. My mind was blown by what I read. More on that here. That run will always be known as “The Raccoon Run.”

As I often do after a Saturday long run, I poured out on pages the thoughts storming around in my head post run. Trying to somehow process the muddy 8 miles I had just logged. I found myself eyes deep in my own website searching through blogs and looking for quotes that would help me articulate my thoughts. I came across a song that got me through a challenging time a few years ago. It was no coincidence I stumbled across that song (see below) again in the midst of a time where part of me feels completely rooted and part of me, admittedly feels lost.

“If you’re not lost, you’re not much of an explorer.” 

How true these words seemed to me. I’m not an expert at a lot of  things. But like many, I’ve had my fair share of times feelings lost. And let me tell you… each and every time I have been found!!! Being lost really means you are brave enough to abandon current ideals or expectations. You are brave enough to imagine and even dare there is more in life. Those things money can’t buy, only experiences and adventures can bring.  Opting for adventure and getting lost may lead you exactly where you are supposed to be.  Allowing yourself to get lost and marinate in an unsettled space is bold. It offers the opportunity to realize what you will and won’t settle for. When you are lost, you become aware of what is really important to you: internally and externally.

I invite you to get lost on a run. No set time, no set path. I recommend taking this run in the thick of nature. Be open to what organically is served up. God will guide your path. He knows where you are meant to be. Just focus on one stride at a time.

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Ooh, I remember when this road was my own

I pray to God, I just don’t know anymore

I pray to God, I just don’t know anymore

And ooh, I lost the feeling but I’m tryin’a hold on

I thought the end of love is what made you strong

I pray to God, I just don’t know anymore!

When there’s no getting through, I won’t hold back

I will throw down everything in life, I know now

I’ve been laying on the floor, sweeping on the ground

I would give up everything in life, I’d know how!

‘Cause I can’t stop wondering

If I was too late to see the signs

If I could go back with hands up, I’d look up to the sky

I’d give it, I’d give it, I’d give it

I’d give it to you,

Give it to you!

Ooh, when the moon was shining bright before mornin’

I made a deal with the stars to keep holdin’

Shining bright to come and bring me back home

The lights in my eyes, they disappeared,

Visions in my mind about to keep me from fear

I won’t let it hold me down, the other way around

I don’t want the words ’til I can’t make a sound

‘Cause I can’t stop wondering

If I was too late to see the signs

If I could go back with hands up, I’d look up into the sky

I’d give it, I’d give it, I’d give it

I’d give it to you,

Give it to you!

Can’t hold back, reaching out

I-I-I was living in the heat of the moment

Between us, I told you that

I-I-I was living in the heat of the moment

I’d give it, I-I-I was living in the heat of the moment

I’d give it, I-I-I was living in the heat of the moment

I’d give it, I-I-I was living in the heat of the moment

I’d give it to you, give it to you!

I’d give it, I’d give it, I’d give it

I’d give it to you,

Give it to you!

I’d give it, I’d give it, I’d give it

I’d give it to you,

Give it to you!

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